I read the article on YsPeople recently called The 12 types of men on online dating sites. It is a good read. The author, who calls herself The Midlife Single, has certainly learned a lot about men.
Dating: Some amazing statistics
After reading her post, I was given to wondering how prevalent online dating is in Australia.
I uncovered the following statistics:
Adult sites seem to be very popular. I must try one!
It seems that Tinder, the online ‘hook-up’ service, is very popular indeed. Apparently:
I wondered what people were looking for on these sites and found:
So, contrary to popular belief, women seem more reluctant to commit than men. Outstanding!!
I wondered how successful these online daters were and found that:
I have no idea what ‘perfect’ means, but I would have thought this was not a bad result.
But is it all good? Well, apparently not. The ACCC reports that:
These results are not the fault of the dating sites, but they do suggest that care is warranted.
Is online dating socially acceptable? Research suggests that:
This has changed significantly over recent years. And why not? Just about everything else now starts online!
So what else did I find? Well, the most surprising, given the success of feminism was:
What about dating in general? Well it is an amazing industry in Australia. Note:
This is a substantial industry. So how can we all get in there and make a buck?
It seems that online dating is a big industry and a subset of an even bigger one. It seems online dating is increasingly popular and socially acceptable. While there is clearly a need to proceed with care, it is apparent that online dating can deliver on the objectives of participants.
Perhaps the only really troubling finding was that I would still have to pay for dinner!!
Have you tried online dating?
Why? Why not?
What are your thoughts?
What are the alternatives?